Photo by Penny Lomenick
Mary Neely Jones reaches for the basketball in the Lady Patriots’ game at Rossville Christian Academy last week.
Photos by Penny Lomenick and LInda McKinney
Jacob Gadd (left) and Peyton Taylor (right) release long jump shots for MA Saturday at Greenville Christian.
Photo by Penny Lomenick
Blake Martin and Julia Nicholson battle a Rossville player for possession of the basketball.
MA girls rout Rossville, Greenville Christian
Marshall Academy made the short trip across the state line to Rossville, Tenn., last week and split a pair of basketball games.
The Lady Patriots struggled a bit early on but hit their stride in the third quarter on their way to a 52-21 win over the Lady Wolves.
Blake Martin got MA on the scoreboard on its opening possession with a three.
Leading 5-3 in the first, the Lady Pats went on a several-minute dry spell.
Hailey McMinn closed the quarter with a pair of free throws and the lead was 9-3.
At the 4:11 mark of the second quarter, Alexis McGreger scored, was fouled and hit the free throw to put Marshall on top 20-6. McGreger closed the first half with a steal and lay-up to make it 29-11.
The Lady Pats were clicking on all cylinders in the third, outscoring Rossville 20-3. Julia Nicholson scored off back-to-back assists from Martin to start the quarter, and MA cruised from there.
Scoring in double digits for the Lady Pats were Nicholson with 15 and Martin and McGreger with 12 each.
Madison Anderson led the Lady Wolves with nine points.
The Marshall boys never led in the nightcap and dropped a 67-49 decision to Rossville.
The Patriots trailed by as many as 11 in the first quarter and were down 15-7 at the end of the period.
Peyton Taylor opened the second with a three to slice the deficit to five.
But five minutes later, with 2:08 to go in the second quarter, the Wolves had surged ahead by 18.
MA was down 30-15 at the half.
The Pats got to within nine in the third quarter on Jacob Gadd’s three but that was as close as they would get the rest of the way.
Leading scorers for the Patriots were Everett Jones and Kyler Moncrief with eight each. Gadd had seven.
For Rossville, Charles Boyle had 19, Malik Riddle 18 and T. Rhyan 14.
Marshall teams split a pair of games again at Greenville Christian Saturday.
The Lady Patriots had no trouble as they dominated the Lady Saints 54-13.
Bryanna Miller was on fire for the winning team. She scored 17, including five three-pointers. Nicholson followed with 12 points and McGreger scored nine.
The MA girls were on cruise control at halftime, leading 39-6.
The Marshall boys had a tough evening in the Delta, falling 68-42 to Greenville Christian.
MA was down by just two, 12-10, after one quarter and then trailed 30-17 at the half. The Saints upped their lead to 16 at the end of the third and outscored the Patriots 16-6 in the fourth.
Peyton Taylor’s 13 points led Marshall.
The Lady Patriots and Patriots will host Bayou Academy this Friday.
Then they will host the Marshall Academy Christmas Tournament Thursday and Friday, Dec. 29-30.